Book Review: HEARTLESS

Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa MeyerImage result for heartless

Published:  November 8th, 2016

Pages: 453

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans

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“The easiest way to steal something, is for it to be given willingly.”

This is a retelling of Alice In Wonderland but the plot focuses on how the Queen of Hearts became the Queen of Hearts. Catherine, your main character has a passion for baking and soon hopes to open up her own bakery, but her controlling mother wants differently. Catherine’s mother wants her to marry the King but Cath has no interest in doing so because she’s in love with the court joker Jest. The entire beginning of the book Catherine’s mother is trying her very best to set Catherine up with the King, but Catherine thinks the king obnoxious and she can’t really stand to be around him.

I really loved Cath and Jest romance, well the love interest building upon them throughout the book. I freaking adore Catherine I loved how determine she was and how passionate she was about baking that was one thing I could somewhat relate to just when I bake I don’t think it tastes as good as Caths ( I try so that counts ).  Catherine was one of my favorite characters aside from Jest. She was just so fierce and although in the end, my heart did ache for her, having to marry the King of Hearts who she despises and losing the one she loved. Cath was definitely one of the characters I enjoyed reading, she was very simple and knew what she wanted in life and that was something I really adored about this book.

Let’s discuss Jest. I fell IN LOVE with Jest throughout the whole book. He was just as amazing as Cath. OH, MY GOODNESS, can we talk about the part where he and Cath left her house at midnight to which he took her to a tea party with the Mad Hatter, that has to be one of my favorite parts of the book. Jest was just perfect in every possible way. I think everyone who’s read Heartless knows where I’m coming when I say that.

I whole heartily disliked Catherine’s mother she made so angry a lot during this book. She didn’t care too much about what Catherine wanted, she thought she knew what was best for her which was marrying the King and becoming the Queen. Catherine’s mother didn’t care much that she wanted to open up her own bakery with Mary ann and that made me really mad. I also didn’t like the King, he was just all over the place.

To bring this review to an end I would like like to say I really loved Heartless. I read this book because of all the hype it has been getting lately and to be honest it deserves every good review it has received. This book was freaking amazing there isn’t any other way to describe it. Marissa Meyer’s writing got the best of me in this retelling I freaking loved. It was amazing and you should get it.

“When pleased, I beat like a drum. When sad, I break like glass. Once stolen, I can never be taken back. What am I?”

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Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

 

Image result for the statistical probability of love at first sightTitle: The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Published: January 2nd, 2012

Pages: 236

 

 

 

 

 

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Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother, Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

“It’s not the changes that will break your heart; it’s that tug of familiarity.”

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This book was recommended to me by my school librarian, who thought that I would like it, and I she was right! I loved it. Hadley lives with her mom in the US and her dad lives in London, who’s getting re-married. When Hadley misses her flight she winds up meeting Oliver which results in the both of them sitting together on the flight to London. Hadley is dreading her trip to London, she’s still upset at her father for leaving and Oliver is heading home for his father’s funeral. Oliver and Hadley both didn’t have good relationships with their father’s so they spent the entire flight bonding over that. Hadley uses Oliver to overcome her claustrophobia that often happens when she’s in very closed spaces. When the flight lands the two are bound to separate and Hadley’s dreading it. She’s dreading meeting her step-mother and dreading meeting her father.

THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, is a cute romance that sparks at an airport between two teens who are on their way to London. It was a quick, adorable and relate-able read. When I first starting reading this all I could think was Hadley seems self-centered, the majority of the time all I ever heard about is how much she’s angry at her father. I don’t give her wrong for feeling that way, I can relate to her anger. The beginning of this book was good. I enjoyed how the author’s writing. I honestly fell in love with Oliver as much as Hadley did he was just super adorable and kind to her.

I loved every aspect of this book, I loved how she portrait her characters with so much interest and Oliver with so much mystery. It wasn’t a boring a read at all. In this book you really see Hadley overcome herself and accept her father back into her life and her stepmother. Even though I enjoyed the book there were a few things that didn’t sit right with me Hadley’s mom really made me dislike her for a period of time, it made me very irritated when she’d constantly say no to the guy who kept proposing to her. It made me cringe that she would do that to someone even thought he’d still be with her every time she would say no.Overall the STATISTICAL PROBABILITY was a cute and enjoyable read, I would recommend this book to anyone, it was a good book to get out of a reading slump.

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Favorite Bookish quotes

I’ve read my fair share of books and seen my fair share of quotes, whether it is was heartbreaking, hard hitting, painful or even just romantic. We’ve all read a book or multiple books in most cases and felt connected to a certain line in or even share an emotion to it that it made you tear up a little, I personally know I have.

I have an adequately amount of quotes from books I’ve read that I’m going to share with you guys and try my very best to explain it, some may sound a little despairing but I promise you they all have a perfect reasoning for making it to my top favorite quotes, without further ado let’s jump right into my favorites.

  • Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s the part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore.-Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I really love that quote because it’s honest and it’s something I’m sure we all feel inside and can really understand. I do feel that love is scary because it is something you don’t know the outcome of so you go head first and all in and that’s the risk you’re taking.

  • My dear, there is no universal secret. There’s only the secret each writer discovers for herself. The path forward – James Patterson, First Love

James Patterson always leaves you with great stuff and this was one of them. It’s something about that quotes I can’t very much put my finger on it, I mean I couldn’t even when I read the book, it just really hit and ever since then I just loved it.

  • Risk. That’s the secret. Risk everything – James Patterson, First Love

I like this quote because in my eyes it encourages something we’re afraid of doing, we’re afraid to risk things.

  • If you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise – Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

This itself is kind of self-explanatory, it gives so much encouragement and whenever I read it, I’m reminded on not to give up and try harder.

  • apparently, it is ungraceful of me
    to mention my period in public
    cause the actual biology
    of my body is too real is okay to sell what’s
    between a woman’s legs
    more than it is okay to
    mention its inner working the recreational use of
    this body is seen as
    beautiful while
    its nature is
    seen as ugly

  – Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

I freaking love this! I read this and I go YES! This is everything I stand for everything, I look at this and I’m just amazed at how empowering it is. I love this because it stands for something and not just something, but for women/girls all over.

  • You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. – Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

This is a perfect example of why you should watch what you say about people, and what rumors you spread about them. You never know the toll your words carry until it’s done the damage.

  • Maybe we’re on the wrong side of some metaphorical bridge where the grass is crusty and not grass at all, but sharp little spines of glass. – Leah Thomas, Because You’ll Never Meet Me

This is just one of those quotes you see and go wow that’s really good I need to take that down. I don’t have a good reason on why It made my list I just really like it I hope that’s a good enough reason.

  • Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it’s impossible to tell the difference. – Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

I think we’ve had a moment like this and that’s why I like this quotes so much. We all can relate or know someone who can.

  • The man of my dreams is a girl – Julie Anne Peters, Keeping you a Secret

Do I really need to explain why I  freaking love this? I don’t think so but I’m still doing it. I’m a strong supporter of LGBT(+) and this really just stands out and is something great to see/ read in a book. I love the author for this, I feel like it gives a great expression that your special someone doesn’t to be of opposite sex of you and that’s something I really like.

 

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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom RiggsImage result for miss peregrine's home for peculiar children

 Published: June 7th, 2011

  Pages: 352

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

“When someone won’t let you in, eventually you stop knocking.”

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Miss Peregrine’s Home was a different read for me and I liked it. but didn’t totally love the book, I only got it because of all the hyped it got and I personally feel like it was over-hyped and because it was so hyped I went in with so much expectation and came out with, I guess you can say not what I was expecting.

Basically, the book was about this boy named Jacob Porter who’s grandfather who was murder in the beginning of the book. A lot have happened and Jacob starts to question if all the crazy stories his grandpa told holds some kind of truth to it. To my best recalling of the book, I partially remembered Jacob going to a therapist soon after that happens. I believed that the therapist thought it would’ve been a good idea for him to go back to visit where his grandfather was from.

This book for me was all over the place, some of the characters were pretty much dull and it took me while to get into the book but when I did, for the most part, I enjoyed it. I thought the whole time loop was pretty cool and Jacob being able to see monsters was also kind of neat. I did however like the pictures that were included, that was a bonus to the whole book and one of the reasons why I wanted to read it. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars.

Would I recommend this? Yes for someone who’s into Paranormal Fantasy this is a great book to check out. If you’re someone like me I won’t totally recommend this book as a must have but if you’ve read the synopsis and you like it definitely check it out, I hope you enjoy it.

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March To Be Read

I’m excited for March but also very terrified for the things that are coming with March but I’m ready to take things head on. Aside from that, there’s a lot of books that I want to read in the month March so let’s get right into them.

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Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden

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A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah j. Maas

 

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

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Let it Snow by John Green + Maureen Johnson + Lauren Myracle

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Those are all the books I’m hoping to get through this month hopefully I do and love them all.

 

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February Wrap-Up

February went well reading wise in my eyes but according to Good reads, I’m one book behind schedule so that’s betters than being five books behind. I got through most of the books on my TBR and totally went off track and read something that wasn’t on my TBR but I still enjoyed it, it was worth it.

I’m currently reading Heartless by Marissa Meyers and I have to say I can’t get enough of Jest and Catherine everything about them just makes me ship them so hard like I can’t wait to finish this book and see what happens cause I’m really enjoying it! This book totally deserves all the hype it has received. Enough about the book let’s get into our wrap-up.

 

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  1. The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

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2. Letters to you by Glitter_xox

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Letters to you was a Wattpad reads, it’s a book of poems which were all lovely I really enjoyed them. If you’re looking for a nice evening read definitely check it I’ll leave the link to her watt pad down below!

 

 

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Book Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Blue Bloods

Author: Melissa de la CruzImage result for blue bloods by melissa de la cruz

Publish: March 27, 2007

Pages: 302

 

 

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When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.

The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapated mansion. Schuyler is a loner…and happy that way. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a popular girl from her school is found dead… drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn’t know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?

 

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I read the first book in the BLUE BLOODS series and I have to say I am amazed at the world building and everything that Cruz portrait throughout the book. I also liked how she incorporated the whole high school platform and the secret society of vampires living in New York. I love how she also put a bit of history into it, I thought that was something really awesome and a really good bonus to the whole book itself. I enjoyed reading this, I enjoyed it so much that I finished it in one sitting. The book is told in three different perspectives of three girls (Mimi, Schuyler, & Bliss) who goes to the same private school. At first, I thought this was very confusing but everything started to fall into place half way through.

From what I’ve read and believed the main protagonist Schuyler, goes to this private school in New York, where she doesn’t really fit in and the only friend ever is her best friend Oliver. Schuyler doesn’t know her dad and her mother has been in a coma for most of her life. She lives with her strict grandmother who believes she’s protecting her.   Schuyler recognizes that strange things are happening to her and around her.  One day she gets an invitation to join the committee, where she learns she’s a vampire and all those strange things that are happening are because of that. As you maybe guess finding out you’re a vampire isn’t the greatest news and Schuyler didn’t take it easy. Schuyler isn’t like her fellow classmates who care about designer clothes, getting wasted and their size, she’s shy and down to earth.

Overall I think this book was a good book, I did enjoy it and I would recommend it. I do plan on finishing the series later down in this year. I think Melissa de la Cruz did a pretty good job on the first book in a series, it was a smooth read and an awesome world to be a part of. If you’re looking for a book with an amazing world to get lost in I highly recommend picking this up!

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